Post Debate Unanswered Ponderings

So Tuesday night was the first 2020 Presidential Debate with President Donald J. Trump and Former Vice President Joe Biden. 


So naturally, post debate has been a whirl wind of conversations, memes, arguments and finger pointing. Every hour or so there’s a new point made or conversation started and my head is overflowing with thoughts. There’s so many, I need to do my thing and put them into a post and just put them out into the universe right now. Some are thought out, while others are still in the WTF moment. But perhaps I can reassure others that we are all in processing mode and perhaps even be somewhat comforted that we share some of the same ponderings. So here we go:

Why can’t I just name racism and racists from my experiences and understanding without white people trying to debate me on it?

People of color deal with racism and color-ism from all sides, internally and externally, so I feel that we would be best able to identify it.

What has the standard for a Presidential Debate become? And for that matter the Presidency?

What lens are people approaching the debate with if the worse thing they got from it was that Joe Biden told President Trump “will you shut up man”?

Do I have an ego complex or such a desire to be everyone’s friend, where I can’t lose friends who are clearly not aligned with my values?

When has Breitbart become a “legitimate” news source?

I don’t think I’m ashamed to an American after the debate. I’m ashamed of the leader who leads us.

Do I have to always be respectful of every perspective shared?

I think I’m beginning to better under the Paradox of Tolerance and being ok with being in it-

Do we tone police our own selves when working in social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion and fearing naming racism, sexism, etc. as what they are?

Lately, for me, it seems that many conversations are personal experiences vs news sources.

Some of the most vocal on posts also have the least amount on the topic their own walls, which leads me to believe they aim for reactionary conversation.

What have been my experiences in life to where I don’t feel like I can just name bias and intolerance and need to utilize watered down terminology instead?

I need to be better at accepting that people will stop being a friend or chosen family member because I am sitting in the paradox of tolerance.

How am I going to manage emotions, fear and anxiety between now and the election? My thought is if the debate is a prediction the next 4 weeks are going to be a challenge.

These are just some of the major themes of thoughts and ponderings going on in my head. Each has context and paragraphs of internal and external discussion with myself and others already. Most of these will probably end up as a blog post unto themselves, but for now, I just needed to put these random ponderings out there to help me process.

Thanks for reading the internal thought of me 🙂

Until next time

Peace, Love and Pandas!

Published by Brian

I am currently the Assistant Director of Student Life for Registered Student Organizations and Late-Night Programming at Michigan State University. After earning my B.A. from the University of Michigan-Flint, I entered the Student Affairs profession. After a few years in the field, I returned to school and earned my M.A. in Educational Leadership-Higher Education Student Affairs from Eastern Michigan University. In my spare time I blog about my thoughts and musings on current issues in higher education, student affairs, digital worlds, identity development and general life inspirations and observations. I also volunteer a lot for my fraternity and multiple regional and national professional associations.

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